I am writing to ask for your help with an historic living wage campaign with national repercussions.
The momentum for a $15/hour minimum wage is clearly on our side. Recently, December 5th, there were another approximately 100 strikes and rallies of fast food workers across the country demanding a $15/hour minimum wage. With this dynamic struggle, the successful $15/hour minimum wage ballot initiative in SeaTac, Washington, and my election to Seattle City Council with a campaign that centered on $15/hour, we have a lot of exciting momentum.
I am working with unions and community organizations to build on this by preparing to launch a grassroots campaign to win a $15/hour minimum wage in Seattle in 2014. This campaign will build up public pressure to make sure the city government passes a real ordinance for $15/hour.
But this might not be enough. Big business will not let this pass without a serious fight. We will need to counter the power of corporate America with a powerful mass movement of neighborhood and campus groups, town hall meetings, and mass rallies. In case the city government fails to pass a real $15/hour ordinance, we need to lay the basis now for a $15 ballot initiative in November 2014.
We need to face up to this challenge. It will be a trial of strength between the 99% and corporate America. Can we win this battle? I believe we can, but it depends on every one of us stepping up.
This $15 Now campaign will require real resources, and we have a goal of getting at least 1000 people to donate $15 per month. Will you join me in donating $15 per month to the $15 Now campaign? Of course, you are welcome to donate more on a monthly or one-time basis!
We are concentrating on Seattle where the fight for $15 has the best immediate prospects. But a victory in Seattle in 2014 would open the floodgates for working people to follow suit and demand $15/hour across the country.
Please let me know what you think about this initiative and whether we can count on your endorsement and donation.
You can set up a monthly donation, or a one time donation here.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming launch of 15now.org.
You think all business owners are rich beyond belief, yet if you had any clue about how the real world works, you would know the opposite is true. I read a recent poll that stated that 47% of businesses will have to lay off, cut hours, or leave Seattle entirely to save their livelyhoods. Well, you wanted to help people, you didn’t. Their wages have gone from $15/hr to Zero. Good job. I don’t like to call people names, but you are blatantly stupid.
Dr. A Ferrara